Waiting for Snow in Havana
William M. LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh’s “Obama’s Last Chance on Cuba” [Oct. 20] is an offense to all of us Cubans who have been suffering for fifty-five years with the longest dictatorship humankind has experienced. Unfortunately, most people don’t know the realities of what the Cuban people have been suffering. I feel that those who haven’t lived or experienced, in their own body and soul, how this government has converted this glorious island into a country of 11 million people living in misery and hopelessness should not give opinions on it.
It does not matter how hard the US government tries to establish a dialogue or improve the relationship between the two countries; as long as it is a dictatorship, that will not happen. In a dictatorship, the only truth is their truth, and there is no possibility of reasoning or coming to an understanding with a government that doesn’t care what anyone thinks.
It’s very difficult to see people go to this amazing island as tourists and feel they have seen the true situation there. It is impossible as a tourist to experience the suffering. Unfortunately, it is those same people who feel they can try to instruct our government, which is not only democratic but also an avid advocate of freedom, on how to deal with such a group of criminals.
I lived on the island until I was 41, so I experienced all of this in my own flesh and blood. To this day, if Cubans in the United States don’t help our family members in Cuba, they can literally starve. What we really need in Cuba is to establish respect for human rights and a real democracy with real free elections.
May God bless my beloved homeland and save it. God bless America for allowing me to express myself with absolute freedom of speech, unlike my dear compatriots.
I was shocked to see no mention at all of the Cuban Five. They were given huge jail sentences long ago for trying to infiltrate the anti-Cuba terrorist cells in Miami. There has been much anguish in Cuba over their unjust fate (the trials in Florida were a farce) and much leftist press publicity and solidarity work in the United States. That Obama has not asked for their release—in exchange perhaps for Alan Gross, held in Cuba—is an indication of Obama’s spinelessness on Cuba.